Aussies pay heavy toll for lack of sleep

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TIREDNESS is killing Aus­tralians, with more than 3000 deaths a year linked to lack of shut- eye.

Fu­elled by dig­i­tal de­vices, a re­liance on caf­feine and bring­ing work home, peo­ple are in­creas­ingly flout­ing guide­lines and pay­ing the ul­ti­mate price.

A new re­port by Deloitte Ac­cess Eco­nomics, com­mis­sioned by Sleep Health Foun­da­tion, re­veals more Aus­tralians are dy­ing from causes re­lated to sleep de­pri­va­tion than on the roads.

The re­port found that In 2016- 17, 3017 deaths were linked to sleep de­pri­va­tion, in­clud­ing 394 from in­dus­trial ac­ci­dents or road crashes.

Health con­di­tions linked to lack of sleep, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease and di­a­betes, are also killing peo­ple with four in 10 Aus­tralians suf­fer­ing from in­ad­e­quate sleep. Aus­tralia’s road toll in 2016 was 1292.

Deloitte says bad sleep costs Aus­tralia $ 66.3 bil­lion in 201617, in­clud­ing $ 26.2 bil­lion from the fi­nan­cial bur­den of health­care, lost pro­duc­tiv­ity and ac­ci­dents.

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